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Author Rohinton Mistry hits out at Mumbai University VC
The agitation was led by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's grandson Aditya Thackeray that resulted in the removal of the book from the graduation syllabus earlier this month.
SHIV SENA is one political party in India, which mostly remains in the news for wrong reasons. Rohinton Mistry, author of the 1990 Booker Prize nominated book 'Such A Long Journey' is the latest to attract the ire of the Sena for his book which was also a part of the curriculum in the educational institutions.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister said he supported the Sena's move although he had not yet read the entire book but only a few portions of it. He said that the language used in the book was 'objectionable' and was not deemed fit for educational curricula.

The agitation was led by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's grandson Aditya Thackeray that resulted in the removal of the book from the graduation syllabus earlier this month. However, Mistry blamed the vice chancellor of Mumbai University for not upholding his basic right-freedom of expression.


After his long silence, the vice-chancellor has now stated that he, in fact, followed the correct procedures, and the decision was taken by the Board of Studies. ‘Such a Long Journey’ was written in the year 1991. The novel, in a huge way focuses on India’s political commotion during Indira Gandhi’s rule.


The book has already been withdrawn from the BA syllabus from the university and it has attracted criticism from professors and intellectuals. The Canada based author hit out at the agitation by stating that "A political party demanded an immediate change in syllabus and Mumbai University provided deluxe service via express delivery, making the book disappear the very next day. Mumbai University has come perilously close to institutionalizing the ugly notion of self-censorship."


He further stated that this sorry spectacle of book-burning and book-banning, the Shiv Sena has followed is depressingly familiar, tediously predictable script of threats and intimidation that Mumbai has endured since the organisation's founding in 1966. But it is the expeditious decision by Mumbai University which causes profound dismay, he added.

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